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Quotes About the Marriage of Mavis and Jay Leno

What Mavis and Jay Leno Have to Say About Married Life

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Jay and Mavis Leno at the Feminist Majority Foundation's Fifth annual Global Women's Rights Gala on April 29, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Mavis and Jay Leno have a successful marriage. Read what they have to say about married life.

Jay: "You have your ups and downs, but you work it out."
Source: Marco R. Della Cava. "NBC puts Jay Leno on the spot in competitive prime-time slot." USAToday.com. 9/7/09.

Mavis: "I do not think its an accident that comedians have the longest marriages in show business ... Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, Bob Hope. You could go on and on. [That's] a huge advantage. Being funny is just the best way to get through life in a relationship."
Source: Sue Smalley. "Happily Ever Laughter." LATimes.com. 5/3/2009.

Mavis: "People always say [you should] work on a marriage. I think if you work on knowing your own faults and trying to correct them, [then you] won't have to work on your marriage."
Source: Sue Smalley. "Happily Ever Laughter." LATimes.com. 5/3/2009.

Mavis: "The whole thing is simple: Pick the right person; be the right person."
Source: Sue Smalley. "Happily Ever Laughter." LATimes.com. 5/3/2009.

Jay: "I really think the key to a long and healthy marriage is that, honestly, there's nothing worth fighting about. If Mavis is so upset and wants something badly enough to fight about it, then she can have it!"
Source: Beth Johnson. "Stars in Their Eyes." GoodHousekeeping.com. 2/04.

Jay: "So much of making a marriage work is just about common sense. If something is important to your wife, you have to make it important to you too. My wife has plenty of interests that I wouldn't care less about if she weren't involved, so I get dragged into doing all kinds of things. But I realize that just makes me a better, more well-rounded person."
Source: Beth Johnson. "Stars in Their Eyes." GoodHousekeeping.com. 2/04.

Mavis: "One of my beliefs about a happy relationship--whether it's a marriage, a friendship, or a business--is that you let people go their own way. I always want to communicate to Jay that as far I'm concerned, he can stop everything tomorrow. In fact, he can do any damn thing he wants and it's okay with me. Within reasonable limits, you have to mind your own business. If Jay's schedule becomes grueling, I'll just say, "How are you feeling? Don't you think you should cut yourself some slack?" And if Jay says to me, "I'm anxious about you doing this or that," I'll listen and address his fears. But if I decide I'm going to do something, I do it."
Source: Michelle Burford. "The un-hollywood wife: Mavis and Jay Leno go their own way, do their own thing, and have one of the happiest marriages in the world." O, The Oprah Magazine. 2/2003. pg. 142.

Mavis: "He's willing to do anything to support my ambitions --and to offer help before I ask ... When Jay says he'll take care of something, he does. We know we can lean on each other."
Source: Michelle Burford. "The un-hollywood wife: Mavis and Jay Leno go their own way, do their own thing, and have one of the happiest marriages in the world." O, The Oprah Magazine. 2/2003. pg. 142.

Mavis about her relationship with Jay: "Joy. I don't just love Jay -- I'm madly in love. And I say this as someone who didn't think that state could persist. To my astonishment, it has -- and that makes me feel a little silly about myself. There's a poem [in the movie Roman Holiday] that I've always used as a measure of whether I love somebody or am just kidding myself: "if I were dead and buried, and I heard your voice, beneath the sod my heart of dust would still rejoice." If I were dead and buried and Jay walked on my grave, my heart would still dance. He is just all joy to me."
Source: Michelle Burford. "The un-hollywood wife: Mavis and Jay Leno go their own way, do their own thing, and have one of the happiest marriages in the world." O, The Oprah Magazine. 2/2003. pg. 142.

Jay: "Why does it work? I don't know. We have a mutual respect for each other. We get along. And I think we're complete opposites. I think that's why it works. She's the smart one. I'm the dumb one. And it ..."
Source: Larry King. "The Best of Jay Leno." Cnn.com. 3/3/2001.

Mavis: "But, we have absolutely common, identical, emotional outlooks on things. What I mean and what he means by love or by honesty or by bad or good, absolutely the same. And I believe that's why it works."
Source: Larry King. "The Best of Jay Leno." Cnn.com. 3/3/2001.

Jay about Mavis' thoughts about his cars: "Yes. It's cheaper than hookers and cocaine. Most guys in Hollywood have 20 girlfriends and one car and I have 20 cars and one girlfriend. She always knows where I am. I'm here in the garage."
Source: Ken Gross. "My Garage, With Jay Leno." Forbes.com. 12/18/2000.

Mavis: "Jay and I are both used to paddling our own canoes. There are times he wants to go one way and I want to go another. But we really talk about things--don't argue or yell--and we've never had trouble compromising."
Source: Jeanne Wolf. "Reconcilable differences." Redbook. 5/1999. pg. 68.

Mavis: "But being happily married means accepting things in your spouse that will never change."
Source: Jeanne Wolf. "Reconcilable differences." Redbook. 5/1999. pg. 68.

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